A fools and his (or her) money are soon parted, right? If you believe in stretching your dollar, you probably have your favorite discount shops already in mind. My favorite discount stores in the Inland Empire (in no particular order) are as follows:
- 99 Cents Only Store- You never know what you’re going to find at this store, but you always know that nothing will be over a dollar. (Milk is their only exception to this rule.) My favorite finds at the 99 Cents Only Store are usually in the produce and refrigerator section. There is pretty much nowhere else in Southern CA where one can regularly find pints of deliciously seasonal blackberries and blueberries for only a buck! I am a big fan of Sugar Free, healthful products, and generally also stock up on six packs of lite Yoplait yogurts and Jell-O/Kraft sugar free puddings. At 15-20 cents a serving for these dairy products, you are paying a THIRD of the price of the same products from grocery stores.
- fDollar General- A discount store originally from the South, Dollar Generals are now beginning to sprout up in the Inland Empire, with locations in Montclair and Victorville. These stores feature an assortment of name brand merchandise, including cleaning supplies, baby items, pet products, food, etc. Most stores have fresh produce, meat, baked goods, frozen foods and more– all at prices marked well below retail.
- Goodwill- Bargain hunters like Goodwill for varying reasons, but my reason is exclusively as a bargain source for literature. I voraciously read books and even though I feel bad that book retailers are struggling these days, I definitely refuse to pay retail for my books! I love looking through the titles amongst the Goodwill shelves, as I nearly always find books that I have been meaning to read- both newer titles and older. People are evidently always eager to free up space on their own bookshelves, and as a result, I have found fiction, memoirs, biographies, diet and nutrition books, and more– all for about three dollars or less. I generally return the favor and donate my books back to Goodwill when I am finished reading them.
- Big Lots- Although I am not the biggest fan of Big Lots– it’s sort of hit or miss for me– I do think they are a good place to find outdoor and patio furniture (when I’m not looking at Craig’s List). There is often a decently priced good selection of gazebos, lawn chairs, umbrellas, cushions, and barbecue equipment to make one happy that there are so many sunny days in the Inland Empire!
- Lake Elsinore Outlets – No drive from Temecula is complete without a stop at the neighboring Lake Elsinore Outlets! I absolutely love the Bath and Body Works store, in which one can find lotions, creams, and other body care items for a fraction of the prices at the Bath and Body Works in the mall.
- Dollar Tree – Another popular discount store in the IE. Our finds here have been hit and miss, but there is an occasional great find here!
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